January 8, 2008
i am looking for a good tract for an 11 yr. old girl to clarify the gospel. what do you suggest?
Off the top of my head, I don't know of any print pieces, but here's a few online gospel presentations that may help. They summarize God's Redemptive History pretty well. <br><br><a href="http://cippenhambaptistchurch.com/the-gospel-in-four-circles/" rel="nofollow">http://cippenhambaptistchurch....</a><br><a href="http://www.jameschoung.net/2009/02/24/ct-bible-study-on-the-big-story/" rel="nofollow">http://www.jameschoung.net/200...</a><br><br><a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/july/11.31.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.christianitytoday.c...</a><br>
You are quite wrong in your assumptions. The gospel is considered foolishness to those who are perishing. The power to save is not in a perfect, or entertaining presentation as you suppose. The power to save is in the gospel message itself. For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the pwoer of God sfor salvation to everyone who believe, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Jesus, Himself said, "It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that prroceeds out of the mouth of God." I just can't understand how you think you can lead people to the Lord without using the scriptures. Why are you offended when people use the Word? Proofs and iron clad logic. Jesus said, Thy word is truth. If people don't believe the bible from Gen to Rev. then they will never be convinced. If biblical proof isn't good enough, then they deserve to go to hell. STOP berating the bible. And STOP berating people who use the Bible to win souls. <br> <br>O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine. I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, Because I have observed Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word. I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, For You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
A-blooming-men! An extrapolation, it would seem, might go like this: Show me a "presentation of the gospel" in the Bible. Isn't it interesting that even Jesus never used the same approach twice in his preaching/teaching? He did love people - now there's a novel approach.
As evidenced by the comments here--most people won't accept your answer. I do. It works. Loving people is the best way to show them Jesus. Then, when they are ready--you have the opportunity to show them what the Word says. They won't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
I appreciate this stumbling block that people have if they do not trust the Bible. Still, it does not help to show people fulfilled prophesy in Christ's life, in Israel's life, even in end time prophesies, if a person is open to dialogue. Otherwise, personal testimony of how Christ has changed our lives is always so important. God has given each of us a story to tell, and He will use our story in the lives of others He has prepared.
Mark says, "If biblical proof isn't good enough, then they deserve to go to hell." That's funny, because if we "walk as He walked" in presenting the good news of the kingdom, we would employ Bible verses LESS often, and relate the gospel with simple stories ('parables') and acts of healing and compassion. <br><br>Jesus did quote scripture on a few occasions, usually to validate his testimony and acts before the teachers of the law, scribes and pharisees - those who opposed him - and to pronounce judgment on those who closed their hearts and minds to him (again, typically, those who were familiar with the scriptures -Torah and Tanakh - the scribes and pharisees).<br><br>Jesus used allegorical storytelling to address both the multitude and his own, often befuddled, disciples. Do even they "deserve to go to hell" for their slowness to respond to Jesus' words (surely 'scripture' if anything is!) or their failure to see the significance of his Person in the light of OT prophecy?! See you in hell, Thomas! Even in his post-resurrection appearances, Jesus' berated the disciples for their inability to see him as the central focus of Holy Scripture. (Luke 24:25-27) <br><br>Regardless, it is not "the hearers of the law who are righteous in God's sight, but those who obey the law will be declared righteous." (Rom. 2:13) It is the undeserved kindness ('grace') of God that saves sinners, not a theologically flawless presentation of the gospel depending only on inerrant scripture. The love of God for humanity, sometimes evidenced in the lives of his followers, attracts people to the gospel and to Jesus Christ, leading us to repentance, faith and baptism. <br><br>The good news is that, despite our ignorance, disobedience and incessant quibbling, labeling, and condemning (often in his name), God loves us and has accomplished our deliverance from sin and death, and has prepared for us an eternal habitation in his presence. If we believe this, and trust, not in our capacity to interpret scripture and apply its prohibitions and pronouncements, but in the work of the Son of God who loved us and gave his life for us, we will receive eternal life. This is the gospel, and it really is good news!
Unless you preach the word along with loving them, you are not really loving them. Notice HOW Christ loves us most: by drinking our wrath and offering us a chance to be with Him and His Father. <br><br>Unless we preach this message, we have never loved, and have never been known by God.
What must I do to be saved? I must believe in God's exalted Lord Christ, the resurrected Son of God alone, plus and minus nothing. "Belief" is different than "mental assent." "Belief" is a "know for certain" deep conviction wrought by the Holy Spirit in the heart that Jesus is Man of God's appointment on high who alone gives salvation and judges. "Belief" comes only by one channel only - "Divine attestation." Jesus explains "Divine attestation" in John 5. John confirms the "Divine attestation" method of evangelism in John 20:30 and 31. Peter exemplifies it in Acts 2. Any other methodology will not result in "belief."
I think it's a novel idea that not everything Jesus did was recorded in the Bible. Those who did write down things Jesus did wouldn't put the same type of miracle repeatedly and overlook different approaches that Jesus used. They gave us a taste of what Jesus did. Never has been considered exhaustive. I am sure Jesus used at least one approach two or three times with people. Those healed by him did not need a second healing though.
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